Move over Abe! ABC’s Karl Compares Liz Cheney to Teddy Roosevelt

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Days after recently ousted anti-Trump Congresswoman Liz Cheney laughably compared herself to former Republican President Abraham Lincoln, ABC’s This Week co-moderator Jonathan Karl took it a step further and compared Cheney to former President Theodore Roosevelt. The ahistorical idol worship didn’t end there, USA Today bureau chief Susan Page suggested Cheney could have the same long-term ideological impact on the GOP that socialist Senator Bernie Sanders had on the Democrat Party. 

After first declaring Cheney the face of the “opposition to Donald Trump in this country,” Karl turned to Page who happily noted how Cheney told Karl during an exclusive interview that “she’ll be campaigning for some Democrats, who are running against election deniers” and gushed that Cheney “has the statute and the ability to raise money to have an influence on some of those races.” 

Page wouldn’t rule out the possibility that Cheney could run for president in the future: “Liz Cheney is 56 years old, she can run for president in 2024 or 2028, or 2032. Sometimes there are political figures who seem to be making symbolic stances and you look back with the benefit of some hindsight, and you see the influence they had on their party and the country,” she gushed. 

“Bernie Sanders who not everyone took very seriously at the beginning and who had a great effect on his party. We’ll see if Liz Cheney has a similar course,” Page proclaimed. 

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Karl jumped in to compare Cheney to Teddy Roosevelt noting how “you could say Teddy Roosevelt left the Republican Party, ran as the Bull Moose candidate, and then the party actually tried to recruit him eight years later to run as a Republican again.” 

Atlantic staff writer Mark Leibovich chimed in to celebrate the fact that it seemed to him that Cheney “has committed not only to sort of take down Donald Trump but to take down the sickness of her party.” 

Leibovich speculated: “she’s talking about denial, she’s talking about election denial, January 6 denial. the question is, will she go into COVID denial or climate denial?  

This idol worshiping of recently ousted Congresswoman Liz Cheney was made possible by Verizon and Fisher Investments. Their information is linked so you can contact them. 

To read the transcript of this portion of the segment click “expand”: 

ABC’s This Week
August 21, 2022
9:16:07 a.m. Eastern 

JONATHAN KARL: Susan, there’s a lot of ways you can say that Liz Cheney has no path to a Republican nomination, the idea of a presidential campaign, Democrats will be reminded why they don’t like her, but take a step back, she is the face right now of opposition to Donald Trump in this country, what can she do with this new political organization? 

SUSAN PAGE: In the short term she told you she would campaign against election deniers, she confirmed that means she’ll be campaigning for some Democrats, who are running against election deniers, she has the statute and the ability to raise money to have an influence on some of those races. And over the long term who knows? Politics is not a straight line, Liz Cheney is 56 years old, she can run for president in 2024 or 2028, or 2032. Sometimes there are political figures who seem to be making symbolic stances and you look back with the benefit of some hindsight, and you see the influence they had on their party and the country. I’m thinking, Bernie Sanders who not everyone took very seriously at the beginning and who had a great effect on his party. We’ll see if Liz Cheney has a similar course. 

KARL: You could say Teddy Roosevelt left the Republican Party, ran as the Bull Moose candidate, and then the party actually tried to recruit him eight years later to run as a Republican again.

Mark, what is your sense on the role that she has taken on? 

MARK LEIBOVICH: I think she has been, look, I would say that she’s unleashed, but she was pretty unleashed before the election, but I think she’ll be an extremely relevant figure in her party, across the board, I think she seems like she has one committed not only to sort of take down Donald Trump but to take down the sickness of her party. 

I mean she seems to be going more broadly beyond January 6 at this point. She’s talking about denial, she’s talking about election denial, January 6 denial. the question is, will she go into COVID denial or climate denial? Things like that going forward. But ultimately, I think she’s gonna raise a ton of money and I think she’ll get a ton of media attention and I think that she, her place in our politics is solidified for the time being and probably beyond next year.

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